'Man' Of The Hour
Columbia/Legacy this week revitalizes the 1996 soundtrack to the film "Dead Man Walking," the CD portion of which features a previously unreleased studio version of "Dead Man" recorded in 2004 by PearColumbia/Legacy this week revitalizes the 1996 soundtrack to the film "Dead Man Walking," the CD portion of which features a previously unreleased studio version of "Dead Man" recorded in 2004 by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder; the song was written for the original soundtrack but wound up instead as the B-side to the Pearl Jam single "Off He Goes."
The soundtrack features contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Patti Smith and Vedder with Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among others. It is bolstered here with a DVD taped at Not in Our Name: Dead Man Walking -- The Concert, which was held March 29, 1998, at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.
That show was highlighted by performances from Vedder and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett and Earle. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had passed away between the release of the soundtrack and the concert, so his vocal parts on "The Long Road" and "The Face of Love" were sung live by his nephew, Rahat.
Susan Sarandon won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking," on which her book of the same name was based. Springsteen's title track was nominated for best original song.